I wonder what is the point of a Forum, when you get almost no interaction with the company representatives?
Anyways, here is an informal comparison of the LYCAN to the new EGO power box I provided to a friend of mine. The LYCAN still wins for me, not sure about for him. The competition is increasing out there. It would be nice to know that Renogy is listening to its loyal customers.
Note: One correction so far, the EGO support up to 4 x 420WH batteries (not AH as listed in the spreadsheet).
Major pros and cons:
LYCAN + Simultaneous charge and discharge + Ability to charge external 12V vehicle or solar battery (cables included) + Connect solar panel directly (cables included) + High overall capacity - Short Warranty - No remote monitor or control (source of regret) - Heavy - Expensive
EGO + Cheap + Lightweight + BT Remote monitor and control + More information on front panel display + Easy battery swap + Long warranty + High continuous and starting power - No wheels - Can only charge from AC block charger - Cannot charge while discharging (show stopper for me) - No way to charge 12V vehicle battery - No way to direct charge from solar
And it works well. Renogy sells a lot of things other than solar panels. Besides a bunch of their panels, I have that box, as well as charge controllers that have some nice features. I especially like the new flexible panels. Very light, durable. You can install them anywhere, and they rock with power.
As the Lycan is sometimes put on sale, I have considered buying another one.
Two ways I might like to use it other than the obvious using them individually.
(1) Use together, with synchronized phase output, like the Honda (and other brands) have for nearly doubling the output of their high-end units. (2) Use together, with one unit out of phase with the other, so that the outputs can be safely wired as a 220V split phase output with common neutral.
Any thoughts from the Renogy team? Wanna sell some more Lycans?
A couple of more questions, regarding switching between the two batteries (one internal and one external):
I've noticed that the switching is very seamless, albeit manual. When I switch, both the charging and power delivery seamlessly switch over to the other battery. AC output doesn't even blink.
(3) If I could arrange for a timed (say once every 5 - 30 min) switch using some sort of mechanical actuator, would that harm the electronics in any way? (4) Is there an electronic way that I could perform the switch with an external (low voltage) trigger? I have good electronic skills if you give me a simple circuit that I could use that would not cause a violation of the warranty.